Hi, my name is Kathy Smith. I started Tropical Water Gardens because of the difficulty I had finding supplies for two ponds I built at my home in the Spring of 2006.
I wanted to build a tropical garden area full of palms and other tropical plants surrounding two ponds connected by a stream. After considerable research on the internet, I ordered the pond components online. An upper pond holding 500 gallons was stocked with gold fish. A ten foot stream connected to the lower pond which held 1,000 gallons and was stocked with koi.
Even though this arrangement looked like one system, it was actually two separate ponds circulating independently of each other.
The project was completed on May 13, 2006--just in time for me to enjoy Mother’s Day in my beautiful and relaxing new tropical garden!
Then the problems—and the learning—began. Little did I know that my ponds were going to be such high maintenance items due to the way I had put them together. The upper pond had gone through a metamorphosis: It turned green like pea soup. A few weeks after adding some beneficial bacteria, the pond cleared up. Unfortunately, after four months the lower pond was still green...yuck! I constantly had to clean the filter in both ponds.
FINDING A BETTER WAY: AQUASCAPE
I knew there had to be a better way to build a water garden, one that would let me enjoy it rather than be constantly maintaining it. My research led me to Aquascape, Inc. and I started attending classes. Aquascape has a proven system for installing water gardens that are ecologically balanced and virtually maintenance free. This allows you to enjoy your beautiful fish and pond without the bother of constant maintenance.
In October 2006, I built my first Aquascape pond. It is so enjoyable to sit in the swing by the pond and watch the fish do their job...eating the stuff off of the rocks. Koi have such wonderful personalities and they are all different! The only place I could find fish was in a local pet shop and Wal-Mart. The variety of koi was very limited at the pet shop and at Wal-Mart they were diseased. So, I found a fish farm that has everything you could possibly be looking for in gold fish and koi. Aquatic plants were even more difficult to find! So, I also found a local supplier of beautiful aquatic plants.
I figured that if I had a difficult time finding supplies and help locally, there must be others out there with the same problem. So I started my business to be able to serve YOU!
In December 2006, I tore out my original ponds and built them the right way! I made them larger and all one system. I also added five waterfalls. There is a wooden bridge going over the lower pond. Nothing beats the sound of running water in streams and waterfalls!
As part of my learning process I worked with other contractors in Florida and Virginia building ponds the Aquascape way.
To date we have built many ponds, waterfalls and decorative features throughout Volusia, Flagler and Seminole Counties. We have an extensive portfolio we would love to share with you and can arrange for you to meet any of our customers.
Let us Aquascape you-- and then you can enjoy paradise in your own backyard!